The Perfect Holiday Drink Recipes

Maybe it's 'basic' of me...but I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Eggnog Lattes, and Peppermint anything during the holidays. I know for a fact that I am not the only gal obsessed with this PSL craze (cool rebranding, Starbucks.) Sometimes, however, I don't want to be spending 10% of my paycheck on holiday drinks from a coffee corporation (but really, no hate Starbucks, love you.)

So I've been researching this season's yummiest holiday drinks. The ingredients are deliciously festive, and you can make a ton at home and save yourself some change and patience waiting in line during the morning rush (I promise this isn't a smear campaign for Starbucks, lol.)

Here they are! My five favorite drink recipes of this season (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic!)

1. Mint & White Chocolate Hot Cocoa

  INGREDIENTS  2 cups milk 2 cups half & half ½ bag white chocolate chips 1 tsp. peppermint extract few drops of green food coloring Crushed Andes mints and Whipped Cream for garnish   INSTRUCTIONS  In a large pot, add milk, half & half and heat over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Add white chocolate chips and stir until completely melted. Add extract and food coloring. Stir well. Top with Whipped Cream and Andes. Serve warm.   See full recipe at:  https://lilluna.com/mint-hot-cocoa /

INGREDIENTS
2 cups milk
2 cups half & half
½ bag white chocolate chips
1 tsp. peppermint extract
few drops of green food coloring
Crushed Andes mints and Whipped Cream for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
In a large pot, add milk, half & half and heat over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
Add white chocolate chips and stir until completely melted.
Add extract and food coloring. Stir well.
Top with Whipped Cream and Andes. Serve warm.

See full recipe at: https://lilluna.com/mint-hot-cocoa/

You may booze it up by adding some Bailey's Irish Creme or Peppermint Shnopps (though not too much or you'll OD in Peppermint flavor).

2. Vegan Eggnog

  Ingredients  3 1/2 cups Almond Milk (the refrigerated variety) 1/2 cup Light Coconut Milk 6 large Medjool Dates, pitted 1 cup Raw Cashews 1/2 a Cinnamon Stick 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated Nutmeg Seeds of 1/4 of a Vanilla Pod Pinch of Ground Cloves Generous pinch of Sea Salt   Instructions  In a high powered blender combine all the above ingredients. Blend on high until your Vegan Eggnog is perfectly smooth and creamy. Strain through a fine meshed sieve if you fancy an extra smooth and silky beverage. Keep chilled, in an airtight bottle for up to 1 week.   See full recipe at:     http://www.crazyvegankitchen.com/vegan-egg-nog-eggless-nog/

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups Almond Milk (the refrigerated variety)
1/2 cup Light Coconut Milk
6 large Medjool Dates, pitted
1 cup Raw Cashews
1/2 a Cinnamon Stick
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated Nutmeg
Seeds of 1/4 of a Vanilla Pod
Pinch of Ground Cloves
Generous pinch of Sea Salt

Instructions
In a high powered blender combine all the above ingredients. Blend on high until your Vegan Eggnog is perfectly smooth and creamy.
Strain through a fine meshed sieve if you fancy an extra smooth and silky beverage.
Keep chilled, in an airtight bottle for up to 1 week.

See full recipe at: http://www.crazyvegankitchen.com/vegan-egg-nog-eggless-nog/

You may booze it up with 2 tablespoons Bourbon!

3. Holiday Cranberry Pomegranite Mojito

  Ingredients  3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons water ½ cup fresh cranberries 12-18 sprigs mint 2 tablespoons lime juice 4 ounces light rum 2 ounces pomegranate juice 4 ounces sparkling water ice, as needed   Instructions  Add sugar, water and fresh cranberries to a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes until the cranberries start to open up and the sauce gets very thick. Set aside and allow to cool slightly. Add mint and lime to each glass. Muddle together to extract the flavor of the mint. Add in rum, pomegranate juice and cooled cranberry reduction to each glass. Top with sparkling water and ice serve immediately.   See full recipe at:  https://chefsavvy.com/holiday-cranberry-pomegranate-mojito/

Ingredients
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons water
½ cup fresh cranberries
12-18 sprigs mint
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 ounces light rum
2 ounces pomegranate juice
4 ounces sparkling water
ice, as needed

Instructions
Add sugar, water and fresh cranberries to a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes until the cranberries start to open up and the sauce gets very thick. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
Add mint and lime to each glass. Muddle together to extract the flavor of the mint.
Add in rum, pomegranate juice and cooled cranberry reduction to each glass.
Top with sparkling water and ice serve immediately.

See full recipe at: https://chefsavvy.com/holiday-cranberry-pomegranate-mojito/

  Ingredients  2 bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay (I used Soverain Chardonnay!) 3/4 cup sparkling apple cider 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup cranberries, halved 3/4 cup cranberries, whole 1 Granny Smith apple, chopped 3 rosemary sprigs   Instructions  Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. Serve chilled or over ice.   See full recipe at:   https://www.cakenknife.com/christmas-sangria/

Ingredients
2 bottles Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay (I used Soverain Chardonnay!)
3/4 cup sparkling apple cider
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cranberries, halved
3/4 cup cranberries, whole
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
3 rosemary sprigs

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.
Stir together with a large wooden spoon to help the sugar dissolve.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
Serve chilled or over ice.

See full recipe at: https://www.cakenknife.com/christmas-sangria/

5. Apple Cider Moscow Mule

  Ingredients  Ice 1⅕oz caramel vodka 3oz apple cider Ginger beer Crisp apple slices and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)   Instructions  Fill copper mugs with ice (regular glasses will also work). Poor in vodka and apple cider. Top with ginger beer. Stir with cinnamon stick (or whatever you like to stir with) and garnish if you prefer.   See full recipe at:   http://prettyplainjanes.com/2015/10/02/apple-cider-moscow-mule/

Ingredients
Ice
1⅕oz caramel vodka
3oz apple cider
Ginger beer
Crisp apple slices and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Instructions
Fill copper mugs with ice (regular glasses will also work).
Poor in vodka and apple cider.
Top with ginger beer.
Stir with cinnamon stick (or whatever you like to stir with) and garnish if you prefer.

See full recipe at: http://prettyplainjanes.com/2015/10/02/apple-cider-moscow-mule/